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With the PGA event right around the corner, I thought it would be fitting to review some of the best credit card offers that reward those who love the game of golf. When it comes to being rewarded for any hobby, it can be challenging to find a credit card that really provides benefits you might actually use toward your hobby.
#1 - My number one pick is the American Express Preferred Rewards Card.
The AMEX Preferred Card offers many opportunities to earn points on anything you can dream up. But the golfers among us will get some special attention. You get access to PGA championship tickets before they go on sale to the general public, pretty nice. You will also get "stay and play" packages at golf courses around the US and can even take a lesson before hitting the links and bring a friend along for free. When it’s time to buy some new polo’s they've got your back there too –just jump on the membership rewards site and make your selection. You’ll also receive 24/7 Concierge service, airport club access when you are laid over and have no preset spending limit when it comes time to buying dinner for your friends who “forgot” their wallets at the hotel. If you are approved for the card you will be required to pay a $450 annual fee, so don’t bother opening the card unless you plan on using it.
#2 - My second choice is the Visa Infinite Signature Card.
The Infinite Card goes well beyond rewards for golf outings; you can earn points for airfare, shopping and hotel accommodation too. Embedded with the car is the Visa Golf Awards Program. As a cardholder you’ll earn points on everyday purchases towards complimentary greens fees, lessons, club access and sporting apparel. You will be able to redeem your points at courses around the world and at select courses in the US such as Pebble Beach Golf Links in California and Mauna Kea in Hawaii –not exactly the $10 a round municipal golf course down the street! Your points will be redeemable at over 300 courses worldwide. The card also boasts of a VIP 24/7 complementary Concierge service for helping plan your trips or make a restaurant recommendation. The card also comes with a generous limit and competitive APR for well qualified users.
#3 - Next in the field is the Golf Magazine Rewards Visa Credit Card.
This is a somewhat more obvious choice for golfers and the balls on the card make that clear. As you rack up points you can redeem them for brand apparel, equipment, and first class golf experiences or to cover greens fees. If you decide to book a tee times through golf.com you will save an additional 15% on all of your golf rounds -this can add up to a nice savings for the avid golfer. If approved you will enjoy 6 months of 0% APR on purchases as part of the introductory period and no annual fee which is always a plus for any rewards card.
#4 - And, rounding the foursome out is the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
Through the Chase Utlimate Rewards program provides "Beyond the Tee Golf Experiences" to cardmembers who can get tickets to golf events throughout the country. Currently available experiences include access to the Dick's Sporting Goods Open (Pro Am), inside the ropes at the Wyndham Championship, access to the Pacific Amateur Classic and LPGA Clinics. Coming soon are a "Pinehurst Golf Weekend" and the "Justin Timberlake Shiners Hospitals Open". Points can be redeemed in your Ultimate Rewards account for all of these events. Here's to Shooting Par!
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